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As everyone knows, the monsters in horror movies never die until the credits roll, and even then there’s always the chance of a sequel. That seems to be the fate of the shambling misbegotten hellspawn that is the Republican attempt to kill Obamacare, which the mad scientists in the White House and Congress are reanimating yet again this week in the vain hope of getting one legislative win for the Trump administration in time for his First 100 Days.

Oh, sure, you thought this thing was dead, and embarrassingly so, when it had so little support it was pulled before even getting an initial vote in the House. Yes, it was — but you thought Jason was dead at the end of the first Friday the 13th. There were rumors a few weeks back that the unholy abomination was moving again, but nothing came of it then, either. And now, with the arbitrary, meaningless “100 Days” mark coming, Trump and his gibbering Igors are back in the lab trying to see if they can piece together a few more choice cuts from corpses to see if it will live. Expect this creature to keep coming back, even when it’s not even worth a direct-to-video release.

So, what rough beast is slouching toward the House floor this time, maybe? Like a couple weeks ago, there’s not even a draft bill yet, just a bunch of bullet points. But this time it’ll be even crueler than the first try, which might turn out to be popular with the House Freedom Caucus, but would make the possible legislation even less able to make it through the Senate. This version would keep parts of the incredibly unpopular American Health Care Act, like switching from premium subsidies to tax credits to help people cover some of their insurance costs, and instead of an “individual mandate,” it would goad consumers to buy health insurance by allowing companies to raise their rates if they go without insurance for a period of time. Ah, but now there are some additional horrors sewn in to appeal to legislatures who considered the first go-around too liberal:

It allows states to seek a waiver to get rid of the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition on charging higher premiums to people with preexisting conditions, on the condition that states set up or participate in high-risk pools that would help cover any of those people who lose insurance. It would also restore to the GOP bill the ACA’s requirement that insurers cover Essential Health Benefits (EHBs) — such as doctor’s and emergency room visits and maternity care — but allow states to seek waivers from them.

The idea is to have a basic outline that looks like the first terrible ACA replacement, but that would allow red states to opt out of the stuff wingnuts really hate, like minimal standards of care or requiring insurance companies to cover preexisting conditions. That way, Republican “moderates” could say they’d voted for a bill that keeps some aspects of universal coverage — not real coverage, but “access” to coverage — while hardliners could say they’d finally slain the regulatory burdens that make ACA plans more expensive than “junk insurance,” so in states that opt out, people will be able to buy really cheap plans that don’t actually cover much of anything. Those plans would have the name “insurance” on them, and would be really inexpensive, at least until policy holders actually get sick and have to pay out-of-pocket to get medical care.

The really pernicious thing about this proposal is that by allowing states to opt out of prohibitions on insurance companies raising rates for preexisting conditions — the technical term is “community rating” — would end up leaving lots of people unable to afford insurance at all. Here’s a lovely chart from the Center for American Progress showing how much premiums could go up for patients with various preexisting conditions. Get ready to hurl something, possibly your breakfast, across the room:

(right-click and choose ‘view image’ to embiggen)

So sure, you could still buy insurance if, say, you’ve had a heart attack. All you need to do is to cough up an extra $57,000 a year. Oh, that’s more than a year’s salary? Sucks to be you. You should have taken better care of yourself. Or, as in the case of a friend we know, you shouldn’t have let your anesthesiologist let your blood pressure drop suddenly after gallbladder surgery, resulting in an infarction. Take more responsibility for yourself while you’re completely sedated, will you? (Friend is fine. Turns out a hospital recovery room is one of the better places to have a coronary.)

Oh, are you one of the 80 percent of American women who have given or will give birth? That might be a problem for you to the tune of an extra $17,000 a year.

Yes, yes, these are estimates, not actually part of the law, but based on actuarial data. But they’re a pretty good picture of what could happen if the ACA’s requirement that all insurance plans provide real health insurance is swapped out for a patchwork system where the young and healthy can pay almost nothing for insurance, and everyone else can hope for the best.

Larry Levitt of the Kaiser Family Foundation explains why allowing states to opt out of protections for people with preexisting conditions would almost inevitably lead to lots of Americans being priced out of insurance:

These figures show why a guarantee of coverage without community rating offers essentially no protection for people with pre-existing conditions […] No insurance company will want to cover people with expensive health conditions if they don’t have to, so they will set premiums to make sure the coverage is out of reach. Health care costs are highly concentrated among a small number of people who are sick, and they would find it impossible to get affordable coverage.

Yeah, but isn’t that the magic of the marketplace at work? If you can’t afford healthcare, you die, and the system works (and no, those “high risk pools” won’t be a solution). The one good thing about this horrorshow is that even in the unlikely event that it passes the House — remember, “moderates” can say the basic framework keeps protections for people with preexisting conditions, though red states can waive them — it would almost certainly be doomed in the Senate. If somehow it did pass and get signed into law, the backlash would be enormous once families started finding themselves unable to get insurance. It might actually make health insurance worse than it was before the ACA.

But the contents of the bill don’t matter so much to Donald Trump — he just wants the House to vote for something he can call a win. And he’d really like to hand out those huge tax cuts to the rich that elimination of the ACA’s taxes would entail. He may have promised to make sure no one would be left to die on the street, but if the House would just give him the chance to say “I won,” he’d come out in favor of the Let Granny Die On The Street Act.

And so, even though it’s a terrible idea and Trump probably can’t get the votes anyway, he’s hoping for some legislation to get written over the weekend and introduced for a House vote before next Friday. We’ve seen this movie before, and it ought to go about as well as the mayor of Amity Island opening the beaches for the Fourth of July, except we won’t even have the first-reel thrill of the poor doomed skinny-dipper bouncing down the beach.

No way are those shark bites going to be covered.

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  • First comment, as soon as I saw the caption on that picture all I could think was, “That’s what Melania said.”

  • Chadwells
  • Ralph Gauer
    • The Wanderer

      Yeah, we’re looking.
      And most of us feel sick at our stomachs about that.

    • His eyes may be up here, but his hands are down there.

    • PubOption

      He should use that gesture when he visits the UK.

    • Indivisible Snark Tank

      Obvious photoshop. His hands are nowhere near that large.

  • Jurassic Ezio

    How can someone believe that Jesus healed people for free but somehow think universal healthcare is evil?

    • Contemplative Ron

      Cognitive dissonance. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.

      • Koch Blockula

        Also allows the grift that keeps on grifting…

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Because Jesus isn’t who they worship. Mammon is.

      • Jurassic Ezio

        Steve Mammon?

  • schmannity

    But will Jason Chaffetz’s enemas be covered?

    • Perhaps he will just have to buy one of those bidet attachments for his toilet seat instead of going full enema? They aren’t too expensive.

  • Jeffocaster in the desert

    Republican Health Care redux: Trumpdon’tcare.

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      TrumpCare 1.0, brought to you buy insurance lobbyists

      Features: Still have a mandate to purchase insurance, but the insurance doesn’t have to cover anything. Increases deficit and insurance costs across the wider market.

      TrumpCare 2.0, same sponsors.

      Features: No bothersome CBO scoring. If you get sick, your premiums could skyrocket to reasonable prices like 75K/year. Pocket change really.

  • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

    What could possibly go wrong with insurance that can price you out of being able to afford the premiums if you get sick?

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      My idiot Freedumb Caucus jerkwad of a representative is basing his argument on that in a way. He delineates between having health insurance and having healthcare. In his words, even if you can afford the premium, the deductibles are so high that no one can afford the out-of-pocket to actually get healthcare.

      Of course, we all pointed out (very inconveniently for him) that the insurance plans he was pushing cover almost nothing, even if they’re cheap and have low deductibles. So paying for health insurance with no healthcare is exactly what he’s peddling. They don’t do logic well.

      • Are you in Dave Brat’s district? That sounds like something he would say.

        • CogitoErgoBibo

          Tom Garrett. Still Virginia, but the 05 District. Same person, essentially, though.

          • I see. I’m in VA’s 1st district. Our rep isn’t nearly as crazy; either that or he is just lazy. Not sure which.

  • Chadwells

    OT (sorry so soon): As if I needed another reason to hate this asshole. She’s the worst.

    “Caitlyn Jenner Voted For Donald Trump, But Her Loyalties Don’t Lie With Him”

    http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_58fa08e2e4b00fa7de137cd8?ir=Politics&utm_hp_ref=politics

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Worthless git. Caitlyn, that is.

      • The Wanderer

        Why not both?

        • Villago Delenda Est

          Donald is orders of magnitude more worthless.

          • Toomush_Inferesistance

            The Yooogest worthlessness!…

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Not even her interests lie with him! JFC, but these Trumpers are morons.

    • Nounverb911
      • Contemplative Ron

        Such principles!

      • Chadwells

        What a hero.

      • therblig

        trumpy belongs to a club that allows women golfers? he’s not the republican i thought he was.

      • Indivisible Snark Tank

        Turns out Lord Dampnut was relieved when Jenner said no. They weren’t sure which locker room would be used.

      • Villago Delenda Est

        The sacrifices we make to try to get on the right side of history. News for you, Caitlyn…you can’t come back from an unforced error like an endorsement of Donald.

  • schmannity
  • memzilla Ω
    • ManchuCandidate

      We still have that little matter of a hospital bill for Sarah Palin outstanding.

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
  • ManchuCandidate

    “We have to kill the sick people in order to save them… for Jeebus.”
    -GOP

  • CogitoErgoBibo

    So apparently life itself is a pre-existing condition that the Freedumb Caucus is happy to cure. I’m at least more than a little pleased that my own caucus asshat of a representative in the VA05 already has an announced Dem opponent for 2018. It makes me happy that he’s already living in fear.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    I hate to be the one to tell Donald this, but he’s had the worst 100 days since William Henry Harrison, and the only way to top him is to die in office in the next week.

    • memzilla Ω

      At the 100-Day Mark, William Henry Harrison’s mouldering corpse had higher approval ratings than Lord Dampnut.

    • grindstone

      You’ve been reading my fanfic, haven’t you?

    • sadboy

      Woo! Harrison! Best president ever! Didn’t live long enough in office to fuck anything up.

  • Martini Ambassador 🍸

    Uh, Dok, you must have missed some important details. Because we were assured by the Ass-in-Chief that this was going to be really, really (two really’s!!) good. This doesn’t seem really, really good.

  • msanthropesmr
    • The Wanderer

      It Conquered the World. Great movie.

      • msanthropesmr

        And there one scene which is so great, one scene in whick you can see a buck if a 2×4 pushing the monster out of the cave and the take must have been so good that they wanted to keep it…. FZ

        • Ghenghis McCann

          “Retakes; we can’t afford no stinkin’ retakes.”

          • msanthropesmr

            The zipper from the Black lagoon.

        • therblig
        • The Wanderer

          Corman was cranking out three movies a week or so, so you gotta expect a few rough edges.

      • sadboy

        Classic with Peter Graves, Lee Van Cleef, and a giant wrinkled avocado from Venus.

  • Nounverb911
  • memzilla Ω
  • memzilla Ω
  • Scooby

    Before Obamacare I paid $40 a month and has a $3 deductible. My plan included coverage for shoe shines and haircuts. Now under Obamacare I pay $9,000 a month with a $33,000 deductible and it only cover diseases that begin with the letter G. So, unless I get Gout, Gastroenteritis or Gonorrhea I’m screwed!

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Grippe is covered, too!

      • Idiokraticdrumpfenjugend

        As well as gangrene.

        • onedollarjuana

          Glaucoma and gliomas?

        • Crystalclear12

          Gangrene is the result of a preexisting condition so it’s not covered.

          • Villago Delenda Est

            Yup, true dat!

    • At least you get to enjoy yourself contracting the illnesses that are covered!

      • Scooby

        I only get good Republican diseases like hemorrhoid.

        • onedollarjuana

          From his facial expressions I think that’s what Pence has.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Under Trumpcare, the letter G is out of state coverage…

  • memzilla Ω
    • CogitoErgoBibo

      That might be my favorite meme yet on the ACA.

  • Saxo the Grammarian

    We have to bomb health care from space, just to be sure.

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    Yeah, but start yer engines anyway….!

  • Nounverb911
  • Bill D. Burger

    Oh Donny, “Zombie Trumpcare” isn’t going to happen: Let It Go!

    http://img.pandawhale.com/post-34672-fuck-it-all-fuck-it-all-gif-Le-RQ2i.gif

  • chascates

    I’m betting any bill will allow the states to remove the pre-existing conditions and any other unprofitable clauses.

    • Nounverb911

      So AOT,K?

  • William
    • Contemplative Ron

      Hey, it takes a toll on a guy, condemning people to death just for being poor and sick. They need to be properly compensated for that.

      • Rebekahhmurphy

        Managing director of Google!, is explaining to users to start off “Work at home” method, that People have been doing for about one year now. These days alone, I generated close to $36,000 until now with no more than my home computer as well as some spare time, despite that i have a fulltime 9 to 5 job. Even everyone not used to this, can make $89/per h easily and the earnings can go even higher over time… This is how i started
        !so262c:
        ➽➽
        ➽➽;➽➽ http://GoogleFinancialCashJobs552ShopElectroGetPaid$97/Hour ★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫★★★✫::::::!so262c:….,…..

    • HazooToo

      These people fucking sicken me.

      • Indivisible Snark Tank

        Sorry, that’s not covered.

        • HazooToo

          I like you.

    • Doug Langley

      Meanwhile, while I duct tape my rusting overage car and dine on one or two tiny meals a day, I would kill for $35000 / yr.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        But you are not a “Maker”, Doug. These paragons of capitalism, well, they make… stuff… important stuff… too much important stuff… so much important stuff, I can’t even list them all in this non-comment… it’s innumerable the stuff they make that warrants such handsome and princely compensation…. trust me… they’re MAKERS!!!

    • calliecallie

      Wow. Except for the Humana guy, they all make more money per DAY than the average income per year.

      • SnarkON

        Humana guy is looking at the other guys’ compensation going, “WTF?? I’m being robbed!”

    • proudgrampa

      There really is a revolution coming…

      https://youtu.be/OVKLmpALMFc

  • Bill D. Burger
  • wait! what?
  • Crystalclear12

    Listen, I am dying as quickly as I can but I refuse to be given the bum’s rush!

    • Ghenghis McCann

      This seems to be a good opportunity to quote the Birthday Boy, Iggy Pop: “Seventy’s enough for me, but to avoid pleasing those that don’t like me, I feel really driven to make eighty.”

  • William
  • Randy Riddle

    Life would be so much simpler for the Freedom Caucus if everyone with preexisting conditions, gays, Muslims, non-Christians, Blacks, Hispanics, and Democratic voters just dropped dead. But I’m sure they’d still find something to complain about.

  • Somehow, I have this picture of Trump in the white house yelling, “I don’t get all this healthcare stuff! I just don’t get it! Fuck it! We’ll do it live! I’ll have Jared write it and I’ll do it live!” Then stomping out of the room.

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist
  • memzilla Ω

    How’s that promisey-keepery thing working out for you, coal miner Drumpf voters?

    “Unless Congress intervenes by late April, government-funded health benefits will abruptly lapse for more than 20,000 retired miners, concentrated in Trump states that include Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia. Many of the miners have serious health problems arising from their years in the mines.

    “The president has offered no public comment on the issue, even as he has rolled back regulations on mine operators, an omission that has not escaped the notice of Mr. VanSickle and other retired miners.”

    • msanthropesmr

      It hasn’t escaped their notice, but they’ll be damned before they vote for a black or a girl.

      • Crystalclear12

        We don’t need them to change their vote, just be discouraged enough to stay home.

        • Contemplative Ron

          By 2020 they might be too dead to vote.

          • msanthropesmr

            Not if they’re Democrats! Never too dead to vote.

          • Contemplative Ron

            Democrats? In coal country? Surely you jest!

    • jesterpunk

      Reminder again, only losers trust Donald Trump.

      http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2016/08/trump-files-when-trump-called-donald-jr-a-loser

      Seven o’clock in the morning, I’m going to school—hugs, kisses, and he
      used to say a couple things. ‘No smoking, no drinking, no drugs.’ I
      think a great lesson for any kid. But then he followed up with: ‘Don’t.
      Trust. Anyone. Ever.’ And, you know, he’d follow it up two seconds later
      with, ‘So, do you trust me?’ I’d say, ‘Of course, you’re my dad.’ He’d
      say, ‘What did I just—’ You know, he thought I was a total failure. He
      goes, ‘My son’s a loser, I guess.’ Because I couldn’t even understand
      what he meant at the time. I mean, it’s not something you tell a
      four-year-old, right? But it really means something to him.”

    • YoBunnyBunny

      Although he agrees with Mr. Trump on some key issues, not least climate
      change, he can’t conceal his disappointment that the health care issue
      has lingered for so long.

      This is why you don’t put faith in individuals in the field of US America politics. Our political system rewards parties, not individuals. No matter what one individual says or proposes or flat out lies about, he won’t be able to do jack shit without at least a party that is willing to do his bidding and implement his plan (this also goes for Bernie-ites, too).

      And for all their sincerity (and “economic anxiety”), these miners put their faith in someone who’s got the process the other way around: the GOP isn’t implementing Trump’s plans, rather Trump is implementing the GOP’s plans. And the GOP had no intention to actually resolve the healthcare issue aside from tax cuts for the rich and gutting Obamacare “just cuz”.

      • calliecallie

        It really shouldn’t even be about party, but that’s what it’s become. Once upon a time, it was about checks and balances and finding common ground for the common good.

    • SadDemInTex

      There is a great WaPo article on these miners which in a nutshell says they don’t want no stinking gubermint crap. They want their old jobs and life back so they can continue to hate educated people and “colored” people and really hate educated “colored” people.

  • msanthropesmr

    OT. I am so fucking old. It is the 25th anniversary of Check Your Head. And I just bought VIP tickets to see X who are on their 40th anniversary tour.

    Get the fuck off my lawn.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      I shared a video once of US Navy people lip-synching a rock song, and I commented “nice to see that old Senior Chief rocking out.”

      Friend: “Anna, Senior is younger than *you* are.”

      I’s Burnt. :D

    • Suttree

      Is crazy wingnut Exene still with them?

      • msanthropesmr

        Indeed. Original lineup.

  • Crystalclear12

    Could some explain “pyrrhic victory” to Trump?

    • Contemplative Ron

      No. Not even if you used very small words.

      • Me not sure

        Unpossible!

    • msanthropesmr

      So much pyrrhic winning!!!

    • therblig

      “It’s no victory watching Rick pee. And I’m not paying for that.” – DJT

    • not_vh

      nor even his highness pyrrhus himself could do that.

    • georgiaburning

      To him, it means he can talk like a pyrrate

      • Oblios_Cap

        He things pyrite is gold?

        • Doug Langley

          “Golden Pirates of the Caribbean” You just know that’s Disney’s next movie.

    • Me not sure

      He hasn’t even mastered actual victory yet.

    • wait! what?

      There can’t be any victory over pyrea with Trumpcare because dental isn’t covered.

    • sadboy

      You have to pronounce “pyrrhic” very slowly, otherwise it sounds like “prick victory”, which is redundant at this point.

      • James

        Can I have a slice of pie, Rick?

  • Proud Liberal
    • The Wanderer

      He’s gone all milky in the filbert?

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Psychiatrists should STFU about diagnosing people who are not their patients. And, unless given permission, STFU about people who are their patients.

  • Nounverb911

    OT
    ATTENTION CHICAGO WONKERS!

    B Barry Bamz to speak at the University of Chicago on Monday.
    https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/855428106605166592

    • Aunt PithyPat

      Damn! Why don’t I live in Chicago?!

      • SnarkON

        U Chicago rejected SnarkON Jr. It is dead to me.

    • Contemplative Ron

      I predict a turnout that vastly surpasses anything Donnie could muster.

  • exinkwretch

    “Listen up, boys. We CAN polish a turd — we just have to shellac the hell out of it first!”

  • norcalOG

    Republicans have long favored some variation of the JDGS (Just Don’t Get Sick) Plan.
    They’re also committed to market based health care For example, if you slip and fall in a market, the market will likely pay for you doctor’s visit, thus reducing the need for insurance.
    No reason health has to be so complex.

    • SnarkON

      I literally never get sick, mostly because I eat really well, exercise, take care of myself and VISIT THE DOCTOR A COUPLE OF TIMES A YEAR FOR PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE. Which I would straight up not be able to to if my insurance didn’t pay for it. What part of this do these jackasses not get?

      • PubOption

        I have a chronic health condition, but seem to get fewer acute illnesses than most people.

      • norcalOG

        They don’t have to think. Just bray loud enough and long enough for their choir members to praise God for their presence.

  • Bill D. Burger

    And Trump’s amazingly intellectual and perspicuous insights into the new bill may just sell it to everyone.

    Quote: “It’s really good that it’s gotten really, really good and that a lot of good people are liking it a lot because it’s so good.”

    “IF he only had a brain….”
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/03bbb780a12ebe1905e64de7156f5a8a3fc3e7e6a572f2910e44a1ac6f22d809.jpg

    • msanthropesmr

      He’d be Nixon.

    • HazooToo

      What the hell is wrong with people

  • onedollarjuana

    I don’t see the part where they take the last quarter from the dying senior’s hand to give to the Kochs.

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      See section 28, subsection 234, paragraph 12: “All dental fillings of the deceased shall be removed, melted down into gold ingots and presented as an offering to Koch Industries”

    • VirginiaLady

      That’s from the old Melania Poppins movie silly!

      • Doug Langley

        “A spoonful of glitter makes the medicine go down . ..”

  • The KGB Ate Our Votes

    I just need two more full time jobs and I can get medical insurance coverage!
    .
    Bottom line for American citizens, er, consumers – If you have any money you shouldn’t.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Qlüsterfücque.

    • The Wanderer

      The umlauts make it sophisticated.

      • Lance Thrustwell

        But I’m doing it in America, so that makes it a Western umlaut. (Breakfast humor).

        • mailman27

          What a ham. Very cheesy joke.

      • not_vh

        i was about to say ooh so fancy. surely lance is not from idaho, but then you went ahead used a fancy word yourself. umlauts? did you go to some some fancy online university yourself?

      • Meccalopolis

        And metal

    • Ghenghis McCann

      They’re a heavy metal band, I presume.

  • Proud Liberal

    OT but I’m ticked. Keith Ellison is blaming President Obama for the division in the democratic party. I’m like, what the fuck???? He was the best thing that ever happened to the Democratic Party.

    • georgiaburning

      Circular firing squads are the everlasting tradition of the modern Democratic Party.

    • SnarkON

      Also, what division? The Democratic Party is 100 percent united behind the fact that Trump Sucks.

      • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

        There’s a real split between “Trump Sucks” (me) and “Let’s be more like Trump even though he sucks” (Bernie)

    • Pilotshark

      or more divide and conquer crap from the right.

      where did you see this at? kind of like how all of a shudder we get the Bernie doen`t think he is progressive, and don`t like the Omaha mayor etc… and this type of stuff, after some good news in red states.

      • Proud Liberal

        I heard him say it. He was speaking to some radio people. I will find it and post it. Elijah Cummings came on later and said he wasn’t going to point fingers at anyone and that President Obama accomplished a lot while in office. Right now, I’m sick of Keith and Bernie. They aren’t doing anything to help, they are just dividing us more.

        • Pilotshark

          just was wondering,there seems to be a lot of this going on.

  • The KGB Ate Our Votes

    I heard this morning that Trump wants this repeal legislation passed before his 100 day mark, and they don’t even have a rough draft drawn up yet. And isn’t Congress scheduled to have a three week vacation coming up for Memorial Day?

    • Cousin Itt de La Résistance

      Well, there’s that and, the obligatory gummint shutdown threat.

      • James

        Which Ted Cruz is trying to blame on the Democrats.

    • SnarkON

      If only government worked more like badly run privately held businesses, we could totally rig together some kind of bullshit legislation and get it passed because the big boss wanted to.

    • Indivisible Snark Tank

      Gotta get in that Memorial Day vacation before the 4th of July break starts!

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      ” isn’t Congress scheduled to have a three week vacation coming up…”

      The safe answer to that question is always YES

  • jesterpunk

    Looks like republicans are working on tort reform though.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/house-gop-quietly-advances-key-elements-of-tort-reform/2017/03/09/d52213b2-0414-11e7-b1e9-a05d3c21f7cf_story.html

    So if you do manage to go to the hospital and get sick or die it sucks to be you, you should have researched better and taken personal responsibility to not have any other problems.

    • Jurassic Ezio

      “Pro-life” = pro death penalty and anti universal healthcare.

      Go figure.

      • jesterpunk

        But anyone can have a gun so their plan is if you get too sick just shoot yourself.

      • MynameisBlarney

        And pro-war and pro murder toys for everyone, except blah people and libruls.

    • PubOption

      Mar-a-Lago serves great tortes, absolutely the best tortes, you won’t believe how good they are. Now where should I bomb?

      • jesterpunk

        He should bomb these coordinates. 26.6771° N, 80.0370° W

      • Doug Langley

        Why does he get this idea every-time they serve a bombe?

  • Bill D. Burger

    Their pitch to the poor and to those people with pre-existing conditions is just remarkable:

    “Now we, as good Republicans, are going to give you many more choices. Ain’t that grand. Oh…you can’t afford ANY of them so you’ll be royally fucked…..but you get freedom choices. USA…USA.”

    Trumpanzees (*aka: The Poorly Educated): “Yeah! He’s keepin’ his promises.”

    • Proud Liberal

      We will give you “access” to healthcare, just not insurance.

      • Bill D. Burger

        All the “access” you can afford. Aaaaaand…that will be none of it!

        • Suttree

          Stealing bread and living under bridges also too.

    • georgiaburning

      Do you want to die from the illness or the shock of your bill? Freedom

      • Pilotshark

        I see by your chart that you are 100K shy of being cured.

    • Suttree

      “So long as dem blahs ain’t getting it, I’m happy.”
      -Republican voters

  • SnarkON

    The refusal of these men to cover pregnancy completely baffles me. By that logic: 1. I will never get prostate cancer, so I shouldn’t have to pay for any prostate cancer treatment. 2. I don’t ride a motorcycle, so I should not have to pay for anyone who sustains an injury while riding one. 3. I am not likely to shoot myself when the gun that I do not own “accidentally” goes off while I”m cleaning it, so I shouldn’t have to pay for that, either. And on and on.

    • Suttree

      Apparently they were never born or had any kids either. They were all hatched out of xenomorph eggs.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      A few years ago I some (alleged) feminist seriously proposed men pay a surtax to pay for police, courts and jails because men do so much crime’ing. She was one step away from saying black men should pay a higher surtax.

    • MizzMazz

      I don’t get it either. Everyone benefits from prenatal care.

    • Bebecca

      especially from the fetus (fetii?) party

    • redarmyzombie

      Silly SnarkON, expecting logical thought and basic human decency!

  • Me not sure

    NOW IN 3-D! (Death, disease, debilitation.)

  • Jurassic Ezio
  • TheGrandWazoo2

    That Americans expect Republicans to fix anything is a constant source of amusement for me. Unless fix is followed by the words ‘is in’.

  • Suttree

    So I should start raising chickens right now just in case?

    • msanthropesmr

      To make soup or for giving something to the Republicans to fuck?

      • The KGB Ate Our Votes

        Remember the GOPer who said we should be able to pay our doctors in chickens?

      • Bobathonic

        First one, then the other.

    • not_vh

      and prep a patch of dirt for vegetables and grains, while you are at it.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      Daily GO TO* PHYSICAL THERAPY message sent via LizzieTish’s hypnotic power over me.
      ___________________________________
      * as a coder, I am averse to “go to” statements. so … do PHYSICAL THERAPY until done == true

  • Chadwells

    OT: This sawed off little hillbilly piece of shit just won’t quit.

    “Sessions defends comments on Hawaii judge who blocked travel ban”

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/329877-sessions-defends-comments-on-hawaii-judge-who-blocked-travel-ban

  • Bill D. Burger

    Lord Littledigits is forcing the House to race ahead so the Congressional Budget Office won’t have the time to score this new version of AHCA, a process that would undoubtedly produce a fucking horrific number in terms of the impact on health-care coverage and the resultant carnage it would surely bring.

    You might expect Lyin Ryan to tell Trump the votes aren’t there for this goddamned Zombie Trumpcare, and to ask him to call off the dogs. But NOOOO! Ryan is undoubtedly under pressure from some members who would prefer to get the monkey off their backs and blame the Senate or Democrats for the failure to enact health-care legislation, and others who figure a second failed vote in the House would convince everyone to give up on this toxic shit sandwich and move on to tax legislation.

    • Proud Liberal

      The more they bring it up, the better. People are pissed off! They want them to fix it, not strangle it.

  • OT: Yesterday there was a discussion of the icky Starbucks unicorn drink. Here’s a New Yorker cartoon about it, for your Friday viewing pleasure: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/64ed85a5aaa01eca0d456241e0282b07fdc2aa29fcfddaaa64a9e7042c8c8d80.jpg

    • MynameisBlarney

      LOL

  • The KGB Ate Our Votes

    In a 1999 interview with Larry King Live, Mr. Trump took a different stance, saying, “If you can’t take care of your sick in the country, forget it, it’s all over. I mean, it’s no good. So I’m very liberal when it comes to healthcare. I believe in universal healthcare. I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better.”

    • Msgr_MΩment

      I believe in whatever it takes to make people well and better like me

      FTFY.

      • Rags

        As if other people matter – it’s actually ‘I believe in whatever it takes to make me like me’.

    • Villago Delenda Est

      “I will say whatever gets me some good press the next day”

  • Msgr_MΩment

    OT: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c831159dfdf704db53d7b5ebbee974db98a4a36d0a813197fa81130b45c405d1.jpg Flying from Ottawa to D.C. like a common Trudeau on the prestigious Canadian Porter Airlines, because nothing strikes fear into the other airliners quite like a garbage-trolling mascot who may or may not be rabid.

  • goonemeritus

    So in this analogy Wonkette would be Joel, Tom Servo and Crow from MST3K

    • WomanInThePersistence

      On the new season, it’s Jonah.

      • goonemeritus

        Is it any good?

        • WomanInThePersistence

          Yes! I was hesitant, but I am enjoying it mightily.

          • goonemeritus

            I will give it a go, I just didn’t want a Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull situation on my hands.

        • Jack Rogue Tenhet

          It’s wonderful. I wasn’t sure about it at first either, but it turned out very good. The did Reptillicus and it was perfect!

          • WomanInThePersistence

            Have you seen “Cry Wilderness” yet? I laughed until I hurt.

            Eta-wait a second, weren’t you one of the folks who recommended it to me? If so, thank you!

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Mike Libelz!!!!11

  • VirginiaLady

    Has anyone looked at what kind of health care Russia has? The odds are that our new Russian government will want to use those guidelines in “taking care of” the average Murikan.

    • jesterpunk

      We cant have that here because Freedums

      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Healthcare_in_Russia

      • wait! what?

        Due to the ongoing Russian financial crisis since 2014, major cuts in health spending have resulted in a decline in the quality of service of the state healthcare system. About 40% of basic medical facilities have fewer staff than they are supposed to have, with others being closed down. Waiting times for treatment have increased, and patients have been forced to pay for more services that were previously free.

        Since 2014, the Russian Trading System Index has also dropped 30%.

        • jesterpunk

          Hey why is Russia copying the GOP health care plan?

          • James

            Hey why is Russia the GOP copying the GOP Russia’s health care plan?

    • PubOption

      “There is a shortage of drugs at the moment. Try vodka.”

  • MynameisBlarney
    • Proud Liberal

      When will they learn? The people aren’t going to take much more of their bullshit!

      • vivian

        Voters never learn, so why should politicians? They just do whatever the hell they want, get caught, find Jesus and get re-elected.

    • cmd resistor

      I think there is a great future in opening facilities for former lawmakers who resign in disgrace to do “personal reflection and growth.”

    • Little Doll–MOAMF

      He must be in shock, I mean, TRUMP is president! That should mean he’s allowed to be a racist, sexist, dickhead, and there should be no consequences!

  • I sometimes often think “What’s the stupidest thing a legislature could do?” and realize that the Republicans will do it. The party’s motto is “Hold my beer, and watch this!”

  • Jack Rogue Tenhet

    Okay. Ummm. . . WTF?

    1. By pricing out pregnancy, they’re pretty much insuring that more women will opt for abortion services. Seriously. Shooting themselves in the foot with that one.

    2. Even if states “opt out”, as some did with the ACA, there would be no overall benefit. The ACA has set higher standards for private insurers. I, personally, have benefited from this as have any of us who have insurance. My home state opted out but my Blue Cross/Blue shield still started covering more of the services I need for substantially less cost to me. I have three preexisting conditions and one of them will negatively effect society as a whole if left untreated.

    3. Making it effectively impossible to pay for mental health services is a colossally bad idea. Most mentally ill people don’t have a lot of disposable income in the first place and it can always be argued that any mental illness may be a preexisting condition and we know what that’s going to mean. Society cannot bear the burden of addressing our mental health epidemic by further stigmatizing the situation and making us ll retreat back into the shadows. Expect overwhelmed families, left with no other option, to return us back to the days of Willowbrook

    4. $20,000 for drug treatment? That’s another epidemic that will get swept under the rug now. When left with the choice of treatment they can’t begin to afford or a fix they actually can afford, I’d go with the fix myself. Expect to see more overdoses, deaths and a higher rate of addiction than we’ve ever seen. Consider that a huge number of drug addicts these days start out on legally obtained prescription drugs that were prescribed with assurances they would not become dependent on them . I know this first hand. While I never bought street drugs, I went through crazy withdrawals coming off Xanax. I came close to actual death. I have never abused a prescription drug and didn’t abuse Xanax. Nonetheless, I was addicted to it I benefited from access to addiction services for my medical detox.

    That’s it for now. I am livid over this bullshit and I hope it fails. I hope it fails because it’s going to kill people if it passes. People will die. Crime will skyrocket and everything will crumble

    • Villago Delenda Est

      The IMPORTANT thing is the members of Mar-A-Lago will be laughing like those upper class Russians in Petrograd in Dr. Zhivago.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      I accidentally went through opioid withdrawal because I mixed up two medications that looked exactly alike. I thought I’d caught a bad case of the flu before I finally figured out what was going on.
      Withdrawal from certain anti depressants, muscle relaxants, tranquilizers, painkillers like Tramidol etc can be more vicious than opioid withdrawal, but because opioids get all the publicity, people aren’t prepared.

      • James

        Since the GOP is busy trying to privatise the VA, I would immediately be put in the preëxisting condition category, and instantly left without my epilepsy medication. I would not look forward to withdrawal from medication I’ve taken since 1995.

        • keenanjay

          I’m pretty sure that will never happen, but just in case make sure all your diagnoses are well documented so you will be grandfathered in to any replacement system.

          • James

            They have to privatise the VA. Specifically because the VA stands against everything modern conservatism says about government. The VA works, so it has to be eliminated. Hence all the GOP opposition to funding bills for the VA.

      • Annie Jomes

        I went through Tramadol withdrawal. It was the worst experience of my life. I tried to taper down, but at a certain point the withdrawal kicked in and it was hellish. People seem to understand that heroin withdrawal is nightmarish — so is withdrawal from a hell of a lot of prescription drugs.

        • James

          I cannot take Tramadol (black box warning for epilepsy, causes SUDEP – sudden unexplained death in epilepsy syndrome).

        • Trammies are basically baby-morphine, anyway.

          • Annie Jomes

            Yep, with the addition of an antidepressant effect, so that withdrawal is not just opioid withdrawal, but also SSRI withdrawal. HELL.

            0/10 would not become addicted again (thank babby Jesus for medical marijuana).

    • Debbie the Unpaid Protester

      If I’m reading Yr Wonkette correctly, pregnancy will become a prexisting condition for the rest of a woman’s life. Because I had two babies 21 and 24 years ago, I think this wonderful plan would add $17,000 to my annual insurance rates.
      splendid!
      I am traumatized just reading about this, and would like to sue Trump for causing mental anguish.

    • Amanda Panda

      one of the running jokes of the NJ medical marijuana program is that you can’t afford to buy any after you’ve paid all the required fees. This is just like that – once you’re done paying your premium (and the surcharges) how are you supposed to afford any actual healthcare??

      and will the surcharges stack? What if you have diabetes from taking prednisone for an autoimmune disorder and are a woman? asking for a friend

  • Reximus

    Remember when HC promises was as easy as lying? Good times

    “You’re going to have such great healthcare at a tiny fraction of the
    cost and it’s going to be so easy,” Trump said during an October 2016
    rally.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      I remember when it was safe to repeal it all, with no chance of consequences! Those were the days…

  • MynameisBlarney

    One more week and I’ll be getting full paychecks again!
    Then the saving will begin.

  • Ricky Gay

    whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist??

  • Reximus

    More FGM arrests in Michigan…these people need to have theirs cut off first, then sent to hell

    https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/detroit-doctor-and-wife-arrested-and-charged-conspiring-perform-female-genital-mutilation

  • WotsAllThisThen

    This waiver idea is great. First Congress has to vote to allow states to fuck the poor, so there’s that debate to look forward to. Then even if it passes, each state has to individually ask, “Should we fuck the poor? What say you, constituents?”

    • Villago Delenda Est

      Kansas, Wisconsin, Texas, Alabama, Maine, Florida, Mississippi, and Michigan say: “We’re already working on it!”

    • Proud Liberal

      Sounds like a great plan! LMAO!

    • hillarysleftone

      Again fucking the poor morons who put these people in power, rather than the rest of us, who tried to stop it. No way will Colorado or California or Massachusetts or New York opt out.

      I guess, thinking about it, Virginia is the exception. There’s a state that didn’t vote for Le Grand Orange, but thanks to its gerrymandered legislature, will get fucked. Proper fucked.

      • The fucking will trickle down, unlike any economics. As more states “opt out”, insurers will start putting higher premiums on those states that do not.

        • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

          Annnd this will make everyone’s insurance go up, employer provided or not. I’m lucky enough to get my insurance through my state retirement, although I pay a big chunk out of pocket. That’s only going to go up.

    • Little Doll–MOAMF

      South Dakotans will say, “Yes, please. Especially those Indians on the rez.” :(

      • James

        Well, my state liquor control board ruled yesterday that the huge beer stores in Whiteclay (on the border with SD and the Pine Ridge Reservation that sell millions of cans of beer a year and bootleg across the state line) would all have their licenses revoked.

    • YoBunnyBunny

      The states should keep in mind that there isn’t some black guy squatting in the Whitehouse that they can pin the blame on when shit hits the fan,

      WTF am I talking about? They don’t give a shit if Bamz is no longer president.

      • James

        They’ll still be blaming him for the response to Hurricane Katrina in 2040.

  • Anna Rompage

    So essentially everyone will get a single “get out of jail free” card for their first major health issue (unless you’re born with a congenital issue), and then pretty much have to go without insurance until the day Medicare kicks in…

    I suppose this new, fabulous & amazing WealthCare bill still includes the $600 billion in tax cuts for the top 1%, that their last WealthCare proposal contained?

  • An Outhouse for the Resistance

    The end result is that people keep fleeing red states and 10 people are represented by two Senators.

    • James

      This might be a good time for the Democratic Party to adopt a fifty-state strategy. Just spitballin’ here. I really do dislike being the only Democrat elected to any office in ninety thousand square miles of Nebraska panhandle. Might be nice if we ran some candidates (and supported them).

      • Meccalopolis

        Ayup

      • Persistent Demme

        And you have this guy, (I hear his wife is awesome, too):
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SqxEq5IVoVg

        • James

          That would be Jane Kleeb’s hub. (She led the fight in the state supreme court to block the Keystone XL Pipeline – she put together a coalition of ranchers, farmers, environmentalists, hunters, fishers, &c. She is now the head of the state Democratic Party.)

          • Dave Wayne

            Mr. Kleeb could plow my cornfield.

      • puredog

        That’s crazy talk.

  • proudgrampa

    Well, I’m sure glad that proudgramma and I have socked away the eleventy billion dollars that we are going to need for OUR health insurance…

  • Anna Rompage

    Who needs insurance anyways!

    Why I just read you can cure all cancers by eliminating processed oils from your diet, and eating a mix of cottage cheese and flax seeds!

    • CindyinEncinitas

      That One Weird Trick doctors don’t want you to know!!!!

      • puredog

        They keep it all for themselves?

    • WHEN ARE THESE BASTARDS GOING TO INVENT A CURE FOR CANCER INVOLVING 18 HOURS OF CUNNILINGUS?!?!

      I wish to be called ‘Healer’.

      • James

        Can you imagine the bill a hospital would hand you for that? (Can I steal your idea for a novel? I’ll bet I could sell that to my publisher as a winner.)

        • Sure, okay, but who in the hell is your publisher – Literotica?

          • James

            Eternal Press. I am a copyeditor for the company. Funny, being an erotic Romance editor (which is well known around my very conservative village) was not a bar for me seeking a seat on my village board. I even got reëlected in 2014 and am now my village chair pro-tem (vice-mayor – somehow appropriate with the editing job).

  • PerSister Big Puppy

    “. . . it would goad consumers to buy health
    insurance by allowing companies to raise their rates if they go without insurance for a period of time . . .”

    My husband once worked for an auto parts company that used a tactic they called “pain of exit” to keep customers from leaving. If a customer threatened to leave, the company raised prices on them. It takes no imagination to know how well that worked. Just as it takes no imagination to know how well pain of exit would work for insurance companies.

    • James

      The previous bill had people paying fines (extortion) to insurance companies if they opted out couldn’t afford insurance. Does the new bill do that too?

  • According to the Center for American Progress chart, my health insurance could rise from the current 25% of my income to a perfectly patriotic 130% of my income.

    Somehow I feel less American every day.

    • James

      I have that pesky socialistic healthcare (the VA). I can’t imagine what would happen to my paltry VA disability if I had to go on the private insurance market.

      My cat is in the hospital and the bill is already north of a thousand dollars since Tuesday. (The vet hasn’t figured out yet what’s wrong and called in a specialist from Alliance to do an ultrasound; he has a massively swollen pancreas and fluid in his abdomen.)

      • I hear you. In the past month I’ve accumulated 2k in vet bills but thankfully my four legged kids are doing better each day.

        • James

          The specialist that came in to do the ultrasound on our kitty-furball is a combination veterinarian/physician (we have a lot of those here).

          Unfortunately for us, that bill is already approaching forty percent of my disability pay this month, and my wife’s paycheck for running the public library in a town of 124 is laughable.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        I am so sorry. The costs for vetrenary medicine are insane these days. I have elderly senile cats, but the next cat I get will have health insurance. I do hope your cat gets better

        • CindyinEncinitas

          My sister’s dog needed an MRI. $3,000.

          • James

            Ouch. My sister told me yesterday on the phone that her dog needed vertebrae fused after the dog’s discs were crushed. Her friends asked her why she and her wife would pay so much money for a dog – the dog is family was her answer.

            That’s pretty much the reason we’re all-in on our cat – the cat’s family. It looks like our summer vacation to Yukon will be cancelled that we have planned, but I’d rather spend the money on our cat than Canada (sorry Canadian friends here).

      • DensityDestiny

        Little late to this game, but I feel your pain. I have a $2000 pussy.

        • canuckette

          I have a boy cat who got urinary crystals. Three unblockages and a kitty sex change later I changed his name to kitchen reno.

  • James

    https://mic.com/articles/174709/fox-news-viewers-are-threatening-to-boycott-the-channel-after-o-reilly-s-firing#.c19a68Mbf
    FOX News Channel viewers are threatening to boycott FOX over its firing of Bill O’Reilly.

    Longtime O’Reilly fans voiced their anger on Facebook.Unfortunately, Fox had yet to post any content related to the departure of the embattled former host on its page — so they took their concerns to the comment sections of unrelated posts.

    Beneath a story on U.S. Army veteran Earl Granville, who ran the Boston Marathon after losing part of his leg in Afghanistan, O’Reilly fans spared no mercy.

    “Fox News is off my viewing list,” one commenter, Michal Brendsel, wrote. “I will only watch Hannity until you decide to give in to the liberals and find a way to take him off too. Oh and advertisers — won’t be buying your stuff again.”

    Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people. . . .

  • calliecallie

    If they’re smart, they would try to pass the 2017 budget before the government shuts down on Friday, instead of this piece of shite. But it’s Repugnanticans, so who am I kidding?

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Ah, but now there are some additional horrors sewn in to appeal to legislatures who considered the first go-around too liberal

    So the GOP health car plan has moved from “Don’t get sick–if you do get sick, die quickly” to just “die quickly.” Good to know!

    /FFS

    • Meccalopolis

      The real death panel

      • sgt. jmk of the résistance

        And again, we see that it is ALL about projection with those assholes.

  • Zippy W Pinhead

    The good news is- this will never pass the Senate, even if these idjits cobble together enough votes to move it out of the House. Basically, they’re just back to their years old strategy in a slightly new form- instead of constantly voting to repeal the ACA, knowing it would get vetoed by Obama, just to pander to the base, they’re now voting to repeal the ACA, knowing it will never get past the Senate, just to pander to the base. It’s a hypocritical exercise in doing nothing, while fooling the rubes back home- just like they’ve been doing for years.

    • puredog

      Aren’t there some other — I dunno — “legislative issues” that they might productively address? Silly me, rhetorical q — no way this House does anything “productive.” Their Obamacare masturbation addiction, to the extent that it totally preoccupies them and keeps them from doing anything else to buttfuck Murka, is a Good Thing.

  • James

    Ronald Reagan’s son tweets a nice sexist defence of Bill O’Reilly.

    “If women are going to wear low cut dresses…don’t be harassed when we men look.”

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/michael-reagan-tweets-bill-oreilly-sexual-harassment_us_58fa033de4b06b9cb915f845?6aj&ncid=inblnkushpmg00000009

  • puredog

    That first-reel skinny dipper was good. You’re saying “not this time?” Poo.

    • UnsaltedSinner

      She did reprise her role in “1941”, so maybe she’s up for one more swim?

  • Internet Hitler

    While the GOP ACHA demands IMMEDIATE ACTION for reasons (antiObama racism), little old HR 676 is just hanging around committees in the House and not bothering nobody, even the press.

    Medicare for everybody. Good coverage for all, paid for with available program funds plus a little tax on the top 5%. Only losers are entrenched fat insurance corpses.

    Works just fine in a lot of other countries.

    • Lefty Wright

      I seriously doubt Medicare for all can be paid out of existing funds plus a “little” tax on the top 5%. Health care not covered by Medicare and Medicaid is about two trillion dollars a year. Medicare and Medicaid costs about one trillion dollars. Medicare for people 65 and up plus people found disabled (after 29 months) under Social Security rules is covered by a 2.9 % payroll tax on all workers with no income cap plus monthly premiums. Extending that to everyone will take more than a little increase in tax by the rich. Single payer health care would be cheaper than what we have now, but not that cheap.

  • tapp_my_wire,please

    Let’s give Rick Scott another bite at the apple in managing healthcare. What could possibly go wrong down in FL?

    • Raan

      We just have to endure one more year of his bullshit.

  • anon_the_great

    Remember. Cheetolini hates 7/8th of the Republican Party. It gives him Remembrance of a Stiffy Over Chocolate Cake to make them take another round of getting screamed at by the hoi poloi.

  • whitroth

    No, the Cheetoh is the Frankenstien Monster. And he’s the one with the brain from Abby.

    Abby Normal….

  • UnsaltedSinner
  • Stulexington

    It’s times like this I have to ask, are there provisions to forcing early senate or house elections through public mandate?

  • Zyxomma

    They have had EIGHT years to write legislation awaiting that horrid day they’d take back the House, and they did nothing but bitch, kvetch, whine, and scribble some shit on a cocktail napkin. Fuck these fuckin’ fuckers forever, FFS.

  • Jerry Noneofyourbizz

    The first piece of legislation written in Crayon.

    • SeeTrain65

      At least they’re making strides. Version one was in finger paint.

  • Biel_ze_Bubba

    No millionaire would be left to die on the street. Believe me.

  • Jackie Thomas

    Actually, I think I kinda like it. Gives all that power to the states, so now the red states can take, take, take from their red-neck populace and leave the blue states to do “the right thing”. Now, those trumpistas can “eat cake”. They wanted it, they got it. Everyone comes out a head. Eh? In addition, let the red states population die off, natural selection.

  • Rickyphoo

    I lost count of the number of times, the GOPbaggers in the House tried to kill ACA under President Obama, so I am not surprised that they keep bringing back this piece of shit under Preznit Dumpster. After all, AHCA is not meant to actually provide health care for anyone, it’s real purpose is to kill ACA and give more money to the wealthy.

  • Peripatetic Poltroon

    I like this. The red states could waive all the ACA restrictions & the blue states could keep them. Everyone gets what they want, right? You might need to make sure red-staters don’t just move to a blue state when they get sick (of winning), and that red states fully fund their emergency rooms.

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